Some states just had to reopen regardless of the medical data. The Covid 19 situation was under control. Their message was for their state’s residents to get back to normal.
Now, it is not working out so well.
“In mid-May, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ended the state's stay-at-home order and proclaimed the state ready for ‘the next stage of economic recovery.’ Little more than a month later, that recovery is under serious strain as local coronavirus cases spike, causing some reopened businesses to close again and consumers to retreat homeward.
States now seeing explosive growth in coronavirus cases are also taking an economic hit, with indicators such as restaurant bookings, consumer spending and small business activity pointing to a slowdown, according to Deutsche Bank economists.
Those states include Arizona, South Carolina and Texas, all of which pushed to reopen their economies quickly. Texas, which had one of the shortest stay-at-home orders in the country, on Thursday announced a halt to its reopening plan, citing the surge in COVID-19 cases.”
The rush to recover was premature and careless. The rush to return was a political one, not a medical one. Reopening is a politically motivated move to keep a strong economy with the goal winning the next election.
Unfortunately, the cost is not only to human health but to the U.S. economy as well.
”For now, it remains unclear how much damage the skyrocketing virus cases in the South and West will do to the U.S. economy as a whole. But Pantheon's Ian Shepherdson noted that "it is unlikely to be trivial, because the states with renewed outbreaks account for over a third of the economy." (CBS)
The political leadership was careless. Now this carelessness is going to cost us dearly...
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